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It is very unlikely that you will be offered a council home as there is far more demand than supply

We are committed to developing more homes for social rent and aim to build 500 new council homes over the next four years. However, only a small proportion of properties become vacant for letting every year.

Last year we let only 1,100 properties, housing around 7% of the over 14,000 households on our housing register. Less than half of these properties had more than one bedroom. Regrettably, even people in the greatest need often face a delay of several years before they get housed.

People on the housing register have told us that if they knew how unlikely it is that they would be housed, they would have be considered other options earlier like moving into private rented accommodation in cheaper areas.

Many tenants have told us that if they knew how unlikely it was that they would be rehoused they would have considered other options earlier, such as downsizing or swapping homes.

  • The housing register

    Check if you are eligible and apply to get on the housing register

  • Bid for housing

    Find out more about our choice-based lettings scheme, where you can bid for housing if you have 120 points or more.

  • Change of circumstances

    If you are on the housing register and something has changed, please tell us so we can update your points.